Writhlington will be hosting a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 23rd November to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. It is one of over 40 visits to schools that will take place around the UK to mark the final day of Parliament Week, a national initiative to build greater awareness of, and engagement with, parliamentary democracy in the UK.
Lord Whitty will meet with students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This will be followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.
Matt Shafto, teacher of Politics at Writhlington commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people. Friday the 23rd will see the programme complete over 1,000 visits to schools up and down the country since its creation.